Leather Line

Leather Line

by Rodney Burger

Friday, September 15, 2017

I admit that I’m now part of the older generation. You know that you have arrived there the first time you catch yourself uttering the phrase: “When I was your age….” I get it. Time brings change. Each generation puts their own stamp on the world and the leather community is no exception. One can embrace change or become that grumpy old man who still lives in the past. The last issue of Baltimore OUTloud carried an article from Dailyxtra.com entitled “Verbal Consent Needed at Sex Positive Spaces?” It spoke about a person being touched without consent and went on to state that young people are very conscious about consent and may interpret non-verbal actions as harassing behavior. Oddly enough I’d just been to a leather contest, and while waiting to go up onstage for the parade of club colors, a friend who I’ve known for years playfully groped me right before I was stepping on stage. When I got home that evening I got a text from him. It said, “Sorry if I crossed a line with touching your cock.” I jokingly replied, “You only crossed the line when you stopped!” It really made me think about how times have changed and how cruising may now be a lost art.

Mid-Atlantic Mondays

Mid-Atlantic Mondays

by Alex ‘Bear’ Conley

Friday, September 15, 2017

Debbie Jones, a Virginia resident, gives seemingly tirelessly. I’ve seen this person at more events than I can count in many, many capacities. The work I see her do the most is as an American Sign Language interpreter, helping provide accessibility for deaf individuals for all kinds of events, including classes and contests. She dances on stage and brings an energy that fills the room. Sometimes my eyes sneak away from the performers to check out what she’s doing. Inevitably many an MC will make her sign dirty words and do everything in their power to make her blush. It’s a show all its own and it’s glorious. She also puts in many hours during 101s and other classes, teaching and making sure people are well taken care of and learning many kinds of kink from a patient, welcoming instructor. She’s a true inspiration and asset to our communities.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Iron Crow’s guiding light asks if Baltimore theatre is spreading itself too thin.

This summer, the Iron Crow Theatre was recognized by Baltimore magazine as “Breakout Theatre Company” in their annual “Best of Baltimore” issue. Much of Iron Crow’s recent success is owed to artistic director and CEO Sean Elias. Along with his successful collaborative team, the humble Elias has helped Iron Crow re-establish itself as a creative force in Baltimore’s Arts District. Under his leadership, Elias’s first year with Iron Crow broke every record possible. Its most recent 2016-2017 season, “The Season of Dark Play,” ended with 34 awards and nominations.

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